Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following frequently asked questions are common among those contemplating University of Malaya (UM). This page provides answers to these questions and provides links to useful UM websites that provide additional answers.

What is the required minimum qualification?


Mod/ Mode

Minimum Requirements


  • Coursework
  • Mixed mode

A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in the related field *


A Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) or its equivalent in the related field*


  • Research
  • Mixed mode

A Master’s Degree or its equivalent in the related field*

* Note:     
i Preference will be given to the applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA  3.0 and above or its equivalent.
ii Applicants having a Bachelor’s Degree with CGPA 3.7 and above can apply directly for the PhD programme.  

What are the modes of study for the programmes offered?


Students are required to acquire a specified number of coursework credits. Certain coursework programmes may require the submission of a research report

Mixed mode

Students are required to complete coursework credits and to submit a dissertation.


Students are required to complete coursework credits and be involved in clinical work.


Research is the principal requirement for attaining a higher degree. Students may be required to attend some pre-requisite courses as prescribed by the University.

How many intakes a year are there in your University and when can I start applying?

There are  two semesters  a year. Semester  1 of the academic year commences in early September while Semester 2 commences in early February. All academic programmes are offered in the Semester 1 but only selected number of academic programmes are offered in the Semester 2.  You may check for the advertisement in IGS website for the programmes offered and the deadlines to apply. You can apply anytime throughout the year for research programmes except for those with pre-requisite courses.

How much time do I need to complete my studies?

The length of time required for the completion of a programme depends on the mode and type of programme, and on the progress of the individual candidate. In general, the minimum, maximum and average durations are as follows:

Programme Duration
Clinical Master's
Minimum 2 or 3 semesters 4 years 4 semester
Maximum 8 semesters 6 years (Dentistry)
7 years (Medical)
12 semesters
*Average 4 semesters 4 years 6 semesters
*Average semesters are the length of time when candidates usually completed their programmes.

How can i apply for the program?

Applications must be done through online at 

Application details are advertised in the local newspapers and newpaper online portals in January for September intake and in July for February next year intake. Application for the research programmes is opened throughout the year with the exception of programmes with prerequisite courses.

How can I view the programs offered in each semester?

Programs offered can be viewed through
In addition, applicants may also obtain the information on programs offered in the specific semester by referring to the IGS.


How to check the application status?

Application status can be checked at the

What is English language requirement’s for international candidates?

The University of Malaya expects all postgraduate candidates to be proficient in the English language.

ENTRY REQUIREMENT for international candidates writing thesis/dissertation in English:

     i. IELTS (Academic) Band 6; or
     ii. A score of 550 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL

However different entry requirements are imposed by:

Master of English Language Studies programme offered by the Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, the minimum English requirement is Band 7 for IELTS (Academic) or a score of 600 for TOEFL.

EXIT REQUIREMENT for international candidates following courses and or writing thesis/dissertation in other language EXCEPT English

i. A band 5 for IELTS (Academic); or 
ii. A score of 500 - 549 paper based total, a score of 213 for computer-based total or a score of 80 for internet-based total for TOEFL


Should I have any further enquiries about admissions, to whom should I refer to?

  1. For matters relating to admissions, please contact :-
  2. The Admissions Section,
    Institute Of Graduate Studies
    University of Malaya

    50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    +603-79674623 / 4517 / 4659

  3. For other matters relating to international students (e.g Visa, student pass, accommodation and insurance), please contact the International Student Centre (ISC) :-
  4. The International Student Centre (ISC)
    Level 1, Block G, Perdanasiswa Complex
    University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Tel: +603-79677711 / 7712 / 7715
    Fax: +603-79677710

How may I know the result of my application?

You will received the result of your application through email and you are also able to check the status online at

How will i receive my offer letter?

The offer letter for Coursework and Mixed mode programme can be printed online after checking the status from the website while for Research mode, the offer letter will be sent by normal mail according to your correspondence address.

Application Procedure

Step 1

Kindly complete on-line application form at   

Step 2

Upload all the required documents as needed

Step 3

  1. Once all the online procedure has been completed, kindly press “ Click To Confirm Application” button to get the complete application form and Cover Letter. Please keep the documents for your own record.
  2. You are not allowed to edit your on-line application after pressing “Click To Confirm Application” button
  3. You may check your application status through on-line, two months after the date of your application.

Processing Fees

Malaysian applicants – MYR50

International applicants – USD60

Fees should be paid using Bank Transfer/ Internet Banking or Telegraph Transfer made payable to:

Account No. : 98905000001218
Bank Information : CIMB Bank Berhad, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur.

Swift Code : CIBBMYKL

Any enquiries, please contact: 

Telephone : 603 – 7967 4407 / 4528 / 4404 / 4623
Fax : 603 – 79566634
Email :

Reminder : The University of Malaya will not process any uncompleted on-line application including those without proof of processing fees.